The Book of Boba Fett Episode 3 has uncovered a huge can of space worms – and it all comes down to the zippers.
In the new episodes, a group of characters are introduced who ride brightly colored Vespa-style speeders and dress like British Mods. While they look a little disturbed on the neutral sands of Tatooine, it’s not hard to imagine them running into the city lights of Coruscant.
To some, though, the gang isn’t just a surprising sight: They’re undermining one of Star Wars’ most important rules. What is that rule, you ask? Well…
No Zip in Star Wars!
A rule for costumes in a galaxy far, far away is that zips are not allowed – according to some Star Wars creatives.
“Zips? I was told there was a strict no-go area when I was working on The Last Jedi. It bothers me,” says Chris Weston, an artist who acted in episode 8.
“It was a cast iron instruction [costume designer John] Molo on since Ep 4 Chris. I have his note here somewhere,” says Paul Bateman, a concept artist and art director, and friend of the late Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie.
Bateman shared a photo that sounds like the note in question, along with, in part, the caption: “Surely this is nothing compared to the creative achievements that fill every period. But it counts for Molo.” And it matters to Ralph, so it matters to me. If you don’t care, never mind.”
To the handful of Muppets who want to knock me over for taking care of the zippers in the #StarWars thing. Certainly this is nothing compared to the creative achievements that fill every period. But it mattered to Molo, and it mattered to Ralph, so it matters to me. If you don’t care, it doesn’t matter. pic.twitter.com/kBfpitn7eO14 January 2022
But, as one fan pointed out, Luke Skywalker can be seen zipping up his flight suit in The Empire Strikes Back.
Truly one of the most liked and highly regarded films as well. pic.twitter.com/mybeU5JQxo14 January 2022
Beyond Star Wars creatives, others are very unhappy.
“There’s not an ounce of Star Wars in this image,” Matt MoylanA writer and publishing director at UDON Entertainment captioned a photo of the bikers.
“The Vespa in the Book of Boba Fett Looks More Back to the Future Part 2,” says actor John Roberts,
It’s not all bad though. The candy-colored bike’s aesthetic is in line with George Lucas’ American Graffiti, as some fans are noticing.
If the Vespa in The Book of Boba Fett serves no other purpose than to introduce viewers to American graffiti, they have done their job. pic.twitter.com/wjWGiQx44k14 January 2022
another fan Also keen on bikers: “Boba Fett has a gang of hipster space mods that ride on the Hover Vespas and I think it’s beautiful”
While the rules of Star Wars seem pretty clear – *Edna Mode Voice* No Zip! – It’s also true that the far-flung galaxy isn’t afraid to expand on the latest chapters in the story or change what came before. For example, the book Boba Fett and The Mandalorian set about humanizing Tuscan Raiders, and The Last Jedi has been equally praised and criticized for its treatment of Luke Skywalker.
The look of bikers is also nothing special. Who can forget the time Obi-Wan Kenobi went to a ’50s-style dinner in Attack of the Clones?
Plus, Mark Hamill has revealed Luke was wearing bleached Levi jeans In A New Hope, then who can say what may or may not be found in the closet of a distant, distant galaxy…
Whatever your opinion of the new characters in The Book of Boba Fett, they’ll have more roles to play as the story continues. The series drops a new episode every Wednesday on Disney Plus, and you can check out our The Book of Boba Fett release schedule to find out when the next episode arrives in your time zone.
In the meantime, check out our guide to all the upcoming Star Wars movies and TV shows.